The importance of music in the church environment cannot be overstated. It provides emotional depth to the liturgy and increases the overall significance of the church experience. The Bible even routinely invites us to “come, let us sing.” Music and the singing of hymns are not efforts to diminish the liturgy; rather, enhance. Enter the Lord’s house with song!


Music also serves to create a connection to the church experience. A familiar hymn can conjure up memories of life’s moments—moments of joy and moments of sorrow. The music wraps up your heart and returns you to earlier days. Music is a critical part of the liturgy—it is the final piece to the experience of church—its message is carried with you long beyond the spoken homily or sermon.

Friends of Music Virtual Concerts

Accent on Youth II

June 6, 2021

Three student musicians from Furman University with Dewitt Tipton, Organist and Music Director at St. John, offer to the congregation and community the next Friends of Music virtual concert, “Accent on Youth II.” The student performers include tenors Micah Arms and Matthew Gavilanez, and baritone John Potvin accompanied by Tipton on the piano. They sing solo selections from composers George Butterworth, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Roger Quilter. The finale features all three singers together performing a Cole Porter favorite from “Kiss Me, Kate.” Tipton directed the production with video photography by Eduard Wiescholek and Joey Popp as producer and editor. The concert was filmed on location at St. John in the Wilderness.

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Dewitt Tipton, Organist and Music Director at St. John

Micah Arms, Tenor

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Matthew Gavilanez, Tenor

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John Potvin, Baritone

Accent on Youth

February 27, 2021

On Saturday, February 27th, three musicians from the String Division of Furman University with Dewitt Tipton, Organist and Music Director at St. John, recorded a concert of chamber music for you, our parishioners, to enjoy on YouTube. Andrew Carlson, violin, Anna Barbrey Joiner, viola, and Christopher Hutton, cello, play music by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Bloch, Villa-Lobos and Mozart, and a unique offering of fiddle tunes by the fire. You may view the event program here.

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Dewitt Tipton, Organist and Music Director at St. John

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Anna Barbrey Joiner, Viola

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Andrew Carlson, Violin

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Christopher Hutton, Cello

The Episcopal Church of St. John in the Wilderness